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Child, Youth and Family ‘failings’ exposed over Southland toddler’s death

first_imgStuff 13 June 2017Family First Comment: We’ve changed the name of the organization – but will that really make any difference?“The review highlighted poor communication within CYF and with other agencies… It was noted that whilst agencies and individuals considered in this review ‘shared’ concerns, there was less evidence of them sharing responsibility for considering what these concerns could mean and how best to manage a response. The review listed six recommendations for changes at CYF, which was replaced by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children… “The challenge will be getting the number of staff and also the quality of staff,” she said, particularly in their ability to exercise professional judgement “in areas of risk and ambiguity”.A review of Child, Youth and Family has exposed a host of mistakes and oversights in its handling of the case of a toddler who was allegedly murdered in October 2015.The 17-month-old Southland boy was found dead in his cot. An autopsy revealed bruises to the boy’s left eye and the right side of his forehead. He had suffered a blow to the back of the head and spinal injuries.Police charged the partner of the boy’s mother with murder three days later. He died at Otago Corrections Facility – a suspected suicide – on November 22.The man had been arrested for dangerous driving, burglary, assault and car theft several months earlier.He was initially refused bail, because his risk of offending was too high. However, it was eventually granted two weeks before the toddler died. The judge in part cited a Child, Youth and Family (CYF) report that “speaks favourably of [the man] and the steps that he and his partner have taken in relation to their relationship and to her care – until recently – of the children”.“It was a significant tragedy,” Ministry for Vulnerable Children chief executive Grainne Moss said. “There’s no doubt that there was a failing and we need to accept that, own it, and say that we’re going to make it better in the future.”The ministry review found CYF was aware of a long history of parenting, childcare and relationship issues in the toddler’s family, but the information was not properly considered in the weeks before his death.The report CYF provided to the court on the bail application was outside its usual remit, the review said, and failed to account for the risks involved.The review highlighted poor communication within CYF and with other agencies, particularly around the toddler’s hospital stay less than a week before he died and the risks in discharging him back home.“[The boy] had sustained a number of injuries including one of some severity and there remained a lack of clear explanation for these . . . there was a known history of concerns about the adults responsible for his care.“It was noted that whilst agencies and individuals considered in this review ‘shared’ concerns, there was less evidence of them sharing responsibility for considering what these concerns could mean and how best to manage a response.”“Consequently, the purpose and format of the report, and the process for approving the draft report requested of Child, Youth and Family, was ambiguous and unclear . . . In hindsight, the report request should have been queried with the Courts.”The review listed six recommendations for changes at CYF, which was replaced by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children. The ministry released a plan to implement them by 2018.READ MORE: read more

Covid19 Testing to now Include Bus Drivers, Nursing Homes and Prison

first_img Share 571 Views   no discussions Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Bus drivers will be among the next group of high-risk personnel to be tested for Covid19 as the Ministry of Health works to ensure that the island is free of active Covid19 cases.Two new cases were diagnosed on Monday after close to two months without.The Health Ministry was making headway testing personnel considered to be on the frontline of health and other essential service delivery in the meantime.Dr Irving McIntyre, Hon Health Minister for Health and Wellness revealed late last week that the ministry has “continued PCR testing for our frontline workers and all persons exhibiting symptoms which fit the case definition. Thankfully they all have been negative so far.”He went on to add that “such case identification activities will be extended to other high-risk groups to include nursing homes, prisons and bus drivers.” LifestyleLocalNews Covid19 Testing to now Include Bus Drivers, Nursing Homes and Prison by: – June 3, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

H.E. Jose Marcos Nogueira Viana is Brazil’s new Ambassador to Dominica

first_img Share Share His Excellency Jose Marcos Nogueira Viana, new Resident Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Brazil to the Commonwealth of Dominica, presented his letter of credence to His Excellency the President Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool on Wednesday 27th April, 2011.The new Ambassador who also has a degree in journalism and a degree in international relations, will officially take up his duties here.No stranger to his new position, H.E  Jose Marcos Nogueira Viana’s former professional assignments as a career diplomat began in 1991 and includes, serving as First Secretary and Counsellor at the Embassy of Brazil in La Paz, Bolivia from 2006 to 2008 and from August of 2008 to present, Deputy Consul-General at the Consulate-General in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.His Excellency the President Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool welcomed the new Ambassador and accepted his letter of credence.“Your Excellency, I welcome your Government’s decision to appoint a resident Ambassador and open an embassy here in Dominica. In our view, this demonstrates your Government’s continued interest in Dominica. In our view, this demonstrates your Government’s continued interest in Dominica and its desire to work towards strengthening the bonds of fruitful and cordial relations which already exists between our two countries and to activate a new spirit of bilateral cooperation as we strive for the development and prosperity of our people.”His Excellency, the President Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool stated in his address that Dominica has signed cooperation agreements with Brazil in the areas of culture and agriculture and has been offered a number of training opportunities. His Excellency Dr. Nicholas J.O Liverpool extended the appreciation and gratitude of the government of and people of Dominica for the training opportunities.“Your Excellency, Dominica intends to explore other avenues of increased cooperation in the areas of trade, education, health and disaster management. We expect that you will activate those areas of interest for the benefit of both of our countries. Your Excellency it is my sincere hope that the draft twinning agreement between the cities of Roseau and Rio de Janeiro, the conclusion of a bilateral agreement between Dominica and Brazil on the abolition of visa requirements for citizens of both countries on short visits and the agreement on education will receive the urgent attention and favourable consideration of your Government.”Dr. Liverpool affirmed that Dominica’s cooperation with Brazil in the international arena can be counted upon. H.E Ambassador Jose Marcos Nogueira Viana said that this day is an honour and he is proud of the distinction of being chosen to be the first ever Resident Ambassador of Brazil to Dominica. “These are indeed prosperous days for me. I cannot but feel honoured today. I am proud, indeed, of the distinction of being chosen to be the first Resident Ambassador of Brazil to present credentials to the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica.”H.E Ambassador Jose Marcos Nogueira Viana said that we live in a new world where emerging powers are doing much better than established economies hence why his government has decided to open embassies in each country in the Caribbean.“We as individuals are responsible for creating poverty when we refuse to help our neighbour, when we act egoistically by not helping other nations overcome economic difficulties, by thinking that development can be achieved alone and not as a group. Mr. President, Brazil is of the view that in order to be great, in order to develop itself, it needs to grow together with its neighbours. And the Caribbean is our neighbourhood. That is why my Government has decided to open embassies in each and every country of the Caribbean.”The New Ambassador stated the interest of Brazil is in cultivating friendly ties. “That is why I bring the friendly hand of the Brazilian people to shake hands with your people, Mr. President. The greatness of our countries rests on working together towards a common goal: the one of providing our people with a better life in which each and every one of us could fulfil our dreams of prosperity.”by Emmanuel Joseph GIS News 168 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews H.E. Jose Marcos Nogueira Viana is Brazil’s new Ambassador to Dominica by: – April 29, 2011 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Jackson tops Raceway Park Sport Compacts

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, Iowa (May 22) – Tacky track conditions led to a fast night of action Sunday night at Raceway Park.The first of five IMCA divisions hit the track when the KISS 107 FM Sport Compact division headed out. Only one caution slowed the race at six laps to go with Luke Jackson holding onto the lead he took at the drop of the green flag. In the final dash to the checkered flag, it was Jack­son taking the win followed by point leader Ramsey Meyer.The Car Quest IMCA Hobby Stocks ran clean for the first six laps of the feature until the first yel­low of the evening brought the field together with pole sitter Mike Hanson leading Andy Hoffman, Craig Clift, Ron Jensen, and Dave Riley. A tangle on the restart took Hoffman and Riley out of contention. Hanson held on for his first win of the year followed by point leader Aaron Shearn.A.J. Boulware led the early laps of the MOPAR IMCA Northern SportMod feature until his uncle Todd Boulware made the pass for the lead with 10 laps remaining. In the closing laps, Todd Boul­ware and Kaleb Kennedy pulled away from the field to finish in that order.The Casey’s General Stores Stock Car feature was the wildest of the night. Mel Elsberry led the early portion of the race before the first caution came out with 11 laps remaining. The second re­start saw Chris Mills complete his charge through the field, taking the lead within a lap. At the check­ered flag, it was point leader Mills out front followed by ElsberryThe Total Motors Modified feature wrapped up the evening in grand style as defending track and national champion Chris Abelson powered from sixth to the lead in the opening two laps. A cau­tion with 15 laps remaining brought the field together with Abelson out in front of Jason Schnei­ders, Jim Cole, Jim Thies, and Ricky Stephan.The field ran fast and clean over the final laps with the exception of point leader Justin Zeitner, who fell out of competition with six laps remaining due to mechanical issues. At the checkered flag, it was Abelson out front by a full straightaway over Thies.last_img read more

Sherwood: Delph can win Euros

first_img Press Association But Sherwood admitted he wanted to sign the 25-year-old when he was boss at White Hart Lane. He said: “I tried my best with Fabian. I really tried my best. I think there was a place for him there where he could have slotted in either side of Mason and (Nabil) Bentaleb. He’d cost too much money now, but he would have been a bargain then. “I bumped into his agent in London and told him that if I was still in charge, I’d definitely want him to come. He’s got more to show. When he goes past someone, he goes past them like they are not there.” Delph is likely to keep the captain’s armband when Villa host Swansea in the Barclays Premier League tomorrow with Ron Vlaar still out with a calf injury. Alan Hutton and Jack Grealish return from suspension but Aly Cissokho (groin), Kieran Richardson (calf) and Nathan Baker (knee) are out. And with the international break coming Sherwood hopes it will aid his walking wounded and their survival battle with 16th-placed Villa three points above the drop zone. “The break is great if we win on Saturday. It’s a long time to dwell on things if you don’t,” he added. “I like Swansea, they don’t worry about any other team. They go about it the way they do.” The midfielder returned to the Three Lions squad this week after missing out through injury in November. He has broken into Roy Hodgson’s side this season, winning three caps, after impressing despite Villa’s battle against relegation. England face Lithuania on March 27 in a Euro 2016 qualifier before going to Italy for a friendly and Sherwood believes Delph can be at the heart of their challenge next year. He said: “I’ve told Fabian he could be on the verge of something big. There’s competition there but he could be a big part of it. “Roy loves him. I spoke to Roy about him. When I was coming here I spoke to Roy about a few things. “Roy will stumble across a team that will win the Euros. He will, I tell you. They will win it. “There’s top talent there and we’ve not even mentioned players like (Tottenham’s) Ryan Mason. Now’s the time to start bedding them in. “Get them playing together and a bit of luck with injuries and I think we’ve got a really good chance. “A lot of them would play for any country across Europe.” Delph signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract at Villa Park in January, ending speculation over his future with his old one due to expire at the end of the season. Boss Tim Sherwood reckons Aston Villa star Fabian Delph can help spearhead England to Euro 2016 glory – and revealed he wanted to take him to Tottenham.last_img read more

USC undertakes campus beautification project

first_imgAhead of the completion of the USC Village, the University has also dedicated itself to other construction efforts on campus.Joe Back, associate senior vice president for campus development and facilities management, said the new entrance on Jefferson Boulevard, which opened at the beginning of this semester, is a continuation of the work already completed in other areas of campus, all of which move toward a more pedestrian-friendly campus. The vision for this includes enhanced hardscape, landscape and additional trees. “Trousdale Parkway is a primary entry point to campus from Jefferson Boulevard,” Back said. “It is subject to heavy pedestrian and bicycle use from the Hoover-Jefferson intersection. The new entry provides a critical symbolic and aesthetic connection to the new Village at USC,  [which is] currently under construction.”The project scope includes new trees, landscaping and hardscape with brick paving, area light fixtures, fencing, gates and new entry markers, according to Back. “The hardscape area of this entry has been expanded significantly to accommodate the increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic that will result at the completion of the Village at USC,” Back said.Kelly Pascual, a freshman majoring in business administration, said she is excited to finally see the new renovations on campus, but admits that getting to class has been more difficult because of all the construction. “It can get annoying having to change the route I’m accustomed to, but it’s been going on for so long I’m used to it at this point,” Pascual said. “Although it can be annoying, it’s exciting to see the progress of these new buildings.” Emeli Castillo, a junior majoring in linguistics and psychology, like most students, has found it difficult to become accustomed to the ongoing construction.“I do think that it’s a great campus expansion that will definitely benefit current and future students; however, it is annoying due to the constant noise that takes place during lectures in the buildings close to the construction,” Castillo said. Jasmin Nunez, a junior majoring in urban studies and planning, worries about the surrounding community and how the construction will impact the neighborhoods around USC.“The University needs to be more sensitive as to how all these expansions affect the surrounding community, especially in a place like downtown Los Angeles where the community is continuously being displaced,” Nunez said. “At the same time, I think it is necessary because of how much alumni want to invest in the University in order to make it as great and as safe as possible.”last_img read more

Cyprus Cup: Falcons Beaten 4-1 by Austria

first_imgNigeria’s Super Falcons lost 4-1 to Austria in the opening match of the Cyprus Invitational Tournament yesterday at the AEK Arena,  Larnaca.The reigning African champions had the misfortune of playing one player down following the sending away of goalkeeper Tochukwu Oluehi in the fifth minute for handling the ball outside the box. Falcons Despite that initial setback, Falcons were able to resist the Austrians for the first 45 minutes. But that resistance cave in in the second half for them to concede four goals in that half.Tor Nina Burger gave the Austrians the lead three minutes after the break as the Europeans finally make their numerical advantage count.They pilled more pressure on the Falcons and doubled their lead through Nicole Billa  a minute before the hour mark.Barcelona Ladies of Spain star Asisat Oshoala reduced the deficit for Nigeria firing home Anan Imo cross in the 65th minute.Laura Feiersinge restored Austria’s two-goal lead  when she scored off a fine corner kick from Elisabeth Mayr in the 72nd minute.Jennifer Klein extended Dominik Thalhammer’s  side lead eight minutes from time when  she scored  her first international goal through an assist from Elisabeth Mayr.In the group’s other fixture, Belgium defeated Slovakia 3-0 in a one sided game.  The Super Falcons will face Slovakia in their next game in the competition on Friday. PREMIERSHIPArsenal 5-1 BournemouthSouth’pton 2-0 FulhamChelsea 2-0 TottenhamCry’Palace 1-3 Man UtdLiverpool 5-0 WatfordMan City 1-0 West Ham COPA DEL REYR’Madrid 0-3 BarcelonaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

UCL Review: Hecking’s delight, Blanc and Pellegrini rue defensive errors, Zidane wants improvement

first_imgMadrid were shocked in Germany while goals were not lacking in Paris between two attacking sides. What did the managers say after?HECKING HAILS WOLFSBURG PERFORMANCEA big compliment to my team and the fans. This was what I wanted. We wanted to get on Real’s nerves; we fought, worked hard, and had the luck and the support to achieve a deserved win. We are in a good position now but we also know what will happen in Madrid. I looked into your faces and nobody believed what I said. But you see, everything is possible in football. We have the chance to knock Real out of this competition and will use every opportunity they give us.Bruno Henrique was one of the key players tonight. We wanted to surprise Madrid with his selection and the plan worked, because he played really well – not just in attack but also in defence. He did very well against Marcelo.Now we need a brave performance in Madrid to achieve what nobody thought we could do. I want to go to the semi-finals!BUT ZIDANE WANTS AN IMPROVED PERFORMANCE IN MADRIDI’m not happy with how the game went, especially the first half. That’s what happens when you don’t play with intensity from the start. We have to rest and think about the return leg because we could still turn the tie around. That’s the great thing: you can have a bad night but the return is still to come.Wolfsburg took the lead by doing very little but football is like that. It wasn’t about a lack of confidence. We knew it would be a difficult game and that’s what we got. Now I’m going to ask the same of our players that I want from our fans: We have 90 minutes to try and realise our objective. We need to be united.We cannot be satisfied with this result. We knew how tough it was going to be and we were prepared for this. But we’ve had problems with our fitness tonight, due to a hard match against Barcelona.We don’t have the result we wanted; we didn’t expect a 2-0 loss here. BLANC BLAMES HIMSELFI’m responsible for all this, for sure. And now I have to analyse the reasons for this defeat and find solutions for the second leg.It’s not a good result. I don’t know if it has to do with nervousness but we made a lot of technical mistakes, especially for City’s second goal – and we all know the importance of away goals. Looking at the stats, we played the match we wanted to, but we made mistakes, in part due to City’s quality. Zlatan [Ibrahimović] went through a bit of everything tonight. He missed a penalty, then had a huge chance … and just when you thought it wasn’t his night, he scores! It’s not the first time we concede goals at home – quite the opposite – but we proved we can score away too. So if we manage to give the same performance, without committing the same mistakes, we can go through.Tonight’s two absentees [Marco Verratti and Javier Pastore] will not be available for the return leg. We dominated yet conceded two goals, and on top of that we’ll have two players suspended for the return leg – David Luiz and Blaise Matuidi. But I think it’s possible. It’ll be complicated, but it’s possible.PELLEGRINI STILL CAUTIOUS This quarter-final remains open. We still have 90 minutes ahead of us in Manchester but this is a good result. In the first half, if we want to win, we cannot make the kind of mistakes we did here. But we are trying to win the game from the first minute, it is the way we play.It’s never easy to leave here with a draw, against a very good team with very good players. We scored two away goals which is very important. And yet the tie remains open. Anything is possible for both teams.There are 90 minutes left and we must give a good performance if we want to go through. Now it’s Paris’s turn to come and play at our ground. They are a team who know how to play and how to get good results. We will need to improve defensively, as we made some big mistakes. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Angels GM Billy Eppler says Bour, Pujols, Ohtani playing time difficult to forecast

first_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Bour, 30, hit .227 with 20 homers and a .341 on-base percentage in 2018, with the Miami Marlins and Philadelphia Phillies, who declined to offer him arbitration. Over the past three years, Bour has hit 60 homers with an .820 OPS. Over the same span, Eric Hosmer has a .788 OPS. Bour’s offensive line is almost identical to Brandon Belt’s over the past three years, although Bour is not as good defensively.Bour certainly gives the Angels an option when either Pujols or Ohtani is unavailable. When all three are available, though, is when the situation will get interesting.While Pujols is one of the greatest hitters in the history of the sport, he’s going to be 39 years old and is coming off a three-year span in which he’s produced a .719 OPS. He’s also had three separate surgeries in the past 36 months.Earlier this week at the Winter Meetings, when discussing Pujols’ role in 2019, new manager Brad Ausmus suggested that Pujols’ history won’t carry as much weight as his current circumstances.Related Articles “This guy is a phenomenal talent,” Ausmus said. “But going forward, it’s just going to be his health and performance. It’s a performance-based game.”Ausmus made those comments before Bour’s deal was public. After Bour was signed Saturday, Eppler said it was too early to project what will happen with the three players.“We’re going to do what we feel is best to give our team a chance to win,” he said. “Those will be discussions that Brad and myself and our staffs have, but we’re not presented with that at this moment in time. We can’t answer that question.”center_img On the day the Angels officially added a third name into the mix for two spots in their everyday lineup, Billy Eppler said it’s too early to predict how exactly the mix will work.The Angels on Saturday officially announced a one-year deal for first baseman Justin Bour, whose agreement became public Wednesday. Bour will make $2.5 million, with a possible extra $500,000 in incentives if he reaches 500 plate appearances.How the plate appearances will be divided among Bour, Albert Pujols and Shohei Ohtani remains to be seen. Bour and Pujols can only play first, and Ohtani will only be a DH in 2019.“We’re in a situation that’s pretty difficult to forecast,” said Eppler, who couldn’t comment on Bour until the deal was finalized Saturday. “Both Ohtani and Albert had end-of-season procedures. It’s difficult to forecast and we can’t accurately forecast plate appearances for either of those guys. What’s important is to approach those organically and see what the medical team says as we enter spring training, and see what we can do.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Pujols had knee surgery in August and elbow surgery in September. Although he’s expected to be ready by opening day, the quantity of time he can play first is unknown.Ohtani had Tommy John surgery in early October. He is expected to play the majority of the season at DH, but won’t likely be ready by Opening Day. It will be late January before the Angels can get a more specific idea of how much time into the season he may be out.With all that in mind, they signed Bour.Although Bour signed a one-year deal, he’ll remain under control to the Angels in 2020, if they deem he’s worth whatever salary he’d earn via arbitration.“He gives us a power bat to add to our lineup,” Eppler said. “He brings selectivity and he can impact the baseball. … He steps into the batter’s box with bad intentions, which is something we gravitate toward.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Big guns kept apart in FA Cup quarter-final draw

first_imgManchester City continue their quest for a historic quadruple of Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup with a fifth round trip to Wigan on Monday.Should Pep Guardiola’s men avoid a repeat of the Latics’ shock 2013 FA Cup final victory, City will be at home to Southampton in the last eight.The ties will be played between March 16 and 19. London, United Kingdom | AFP | Four of the top Premier League’s top five were kept apart in Saturday’s draw for the FA Cup quarter-finals as Manchester United host Brighton, whilst Chelsea visit Leicester.Tottenham Hotspur face a trip to Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea, who need a replay after Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Hillsborough, should Mauricio Pochettino’s men overcome third-tier Rochdale on Sunday. Draw in full:We’re LIVE with the @EmiratesFACup quarter-final draw! ?Ball numbers:— The Emirates FA Cup (@EmiratesFACup) February 17, 2018Sheffield Wednesday or Swansea City v Rochdale or Tottenham HotspurManchester United v BrightonLeicester City v ChelseaWigan or Manchester City v SouthamptonShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more